In common with Protestants worldwide, the Presbyterian Church recognizes Baptism and the Lord's Supper as sacraments, given by God as "signs of the real presence and power of Christ in the Church, symbols of God's action." (This and the quotes below are found in the Presbyterian Church's Directory of Worship located in the Book of Order. W-1.3033)
Baptism "is the sign and seal of incorporation into Christ. Baptism is open to any individual who confesses Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and to the children of church members. Baptism is the ritual of welcome to the universal church of Jesus Christ, therefore the Presbyterian Church recognizes all baptisms with water in the name of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Spirit administered by other Christian churches." (W-2.300)
In our congregation the Sacrament of Baptism is celebrated following conversations with the pastor and approval of the session. Since baptism is the act of welcome by the whole church, the sacrament is celebrated within the context of Sunday morning worship.
The Lord's Supper
The Lord's Supper is celebrated the first Sunday of each month and during the evening Lenten services. "The Lord's Supper is the sign and seal of eating and drinking in communion with the crucified and risen Lord." (W-2.400) At First Presbyterian, we have an "open table," meaning that baptized Christians of any denomination or membership are invited to share the sacrament. During Sunday morning worship, we serve communion by passing the bread and individual cups in the pews by officers of the church. In place of wine we serve grape juice and gluten-free bread is always available. During the Lenten evening services, worshipers are invited forward to receive the elements by intinction (bread is dipped into the chalice). The Lord's Supper may also be celebrated at weddings, special services, or in the context of a home or hospital visit.